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A 53-year-old female asked:

Doc said if there's ligament/ tendon tear or rupture at ankle after sprain, i can't walk at all. since i can walk, it means strain. no need mri. true?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paxton Daniel
Radiology 34 years experience
Depends: If you are improving the tendon injury was probably mild and is healing. If you are not getting better after 3 months the tendon injury may be more severe. This still doesn't necessarily mean you need an MRI but may indicate more specific care of the injured area is required.
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Dr. Robert Conenello
Sports Medicine 33 years experience
Not true: The ability to walk has no relevance on the severity of your injury. An MRI would help your doc make a more definitive diagnosis.
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Dr. Scott Keith
Dr. Scott Keith commented
Podiatry 46 years experience
Certainly the ability to walk has relevance, just as much as the inability to walk.
Jun 3, 2015
Last updated Jun 4, 2015
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